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Breakers finish second, third at CIF swimming final

Breakers Roundup

Boys' team takes runner-up honor in Division 3 while girls come in third in a meet that features several Laguna Beach school records.

May 17, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Laguna's Noah Blanton, left, and Austin Hillemann, right, team up to block the hit of a Santiago hitter in CIF second round playoff match at Laguna.
Laguna's Noah Blanton, left, and Austin Hillemann,… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach boys' and girls' swimming teams nearly rose to the top of the Division 3 ladder at the CIF Southern Section Swimming and Division Championships at Riverside Community College.

The Laguna boys' team finished runner-up May 10 behind champion Mark Keppel of Alhambra. On the girls' side, Laguna placed third behind champion Mark Keppel and second-place La Serna of Whittier.

"I am very proud of what our teams accomplished this year," Laguna Coach Kari Johnson said. "We had the best combined finish at CIF in our school's history. Every member of our team did an excellent job. We all did our best and it paid off."

The Laguna boys' team won CIF Division 3 titles on two fronts. The Breakers' 200-meter relay team of freshman Erik Juliusson, junior Caleb Scott and seniors Billy Wild and Erik Henrikson won the event in a school-record time of 1 minute 37.82 seconds. Wild also won the 100 butterfly in 51.66 to set a school record, which he previously held.

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Other school-record times were set at the finals by the Breakers. Juliusson did it in both the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and also as part of the boys' 400 freestyle relay team. His time of 4:43.59 earned him a third-place finish in the 500 free. He went 51.84 in the 100 backstroke and was in second place. Juliusson had set the school record for both events just a week prior at the Orange Coast League finals.

The boys' 400 freestyle relay team of Wild, junior Riley Thomas, freshman Cade Baldridge and Juliusson swam a 3:17.67 to establish a school mark. The girls' 200 medley relay team of sophomore Lila Vera, junior Lexi Del Toro and seniors Yoshi Andersen and Melena Masson set a school standard at 1:52.23.

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Track and Field

Three Laguna Beach athletes advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 4 finals Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.

Natasha Strickland (girls' 1,600 meters), Spencer Anderson (boys' 110 hurdles) and Ricky Delatorre (shot put) all qualified after competing Saturday at the prelims at Carpinteria High.

The finals start at 11 a.m. with field events. Running events start at 1 p.m. The following times have been set for the Division 4 events that include Laguna athletes: shot put (11 a.m.); girls' 1,600 (1:35 p.m.); boys' 110 hurdles (2:40 p.m.).

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